Definitions for cottonˈkɒt n
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a soft, white, downy substance consisting of the hairs or fibers attached to the seeds of plants belonging to the genus Gossypium, of the mallow family, used in making fabrics, thread, wadding, etc.
the plant itself, having spreading branches and broad, lobed leaves.
such plants collectively as a cultivated crop.
cloth, thread, a garment, etc., of cotton.
any soft, downy substance resembling cotton, but growing on other plants.
(v.i.)Informal. to get on well together; agree.
Obs. to prosper or succeed.
cotton to or on to,Informal. to become fond of; begin to like. to approve of; agree with:
to cotton to a suggestion.
Category: Verb Phrase
Origin of cotton:
1250–1300; ME coton < OF < early It cotone < Ar quṭun, var. of qutn
John, 1584–1652, U.S. clergyman, colonist, and author (grandfather of Cotton Mather).
cotton, cotton fiber, cotton wool(noun)
soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
fabric woven from cotton fibers
cotton, cotton plant(noun)
erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
thread made of cotton fibers
take a liking to
"cotton to something"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a crop plant with soft white hairs
farms that grow cotton
a common type of cloth made from cotton
a cotton shirt
a soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two thirds of an inch to an inch and a half
the cotton plant. See Cotten plant, below
cloth made of cotton
to rise with a regular nap, as cloth does
to go on prosperously; to succeed
to unite; to agree; to make friends; -- usually followed by with
to take a liking to; to stick to one as cotton; -- used with to
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural condition, the cotton balls will tend to increase the dispersion of the seeds. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, and India. The greatest diversity of wild cotton species is found in Mexico, followed by Australia and Africa. Cotton was independently domesticated in the Old and New Worlds. The English name derives from the Arabic qutn قُطْن, which began to be used circa 1400 CE. The Spanish word, "algodón", is likewise derived from the Arabic. The fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile. The use of cotton for fabric is known to date to prehistoric times; fragments of cotton fabric dated from 5000 BCE have been excavated in Mexico and the Indus Valley Civilization. Although cultivated since antiquity, it was the invention of the cotton gin that so lowered the cost of production that led to its widespread use, and it is the most widely used natural fiber cloth in clothing today.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4170
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4447
Rank popularity for the word 'cotton' in Nouns Frequency: #1690
Translations for cotton
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a soft substance got from the seeds of the cotton plant, used in making thread or cloth.
- algodãoPortuguese (BR)
- die BaumwolleGerman
- (de/en) cotonFrench
- پنبه. مالوچ: سپڼسىPashto
- (de/din) bumbacRomanian
- 棉花Chinese (Trad.)
- бавовна; бавовникUkrainian
- روئى، كپاسUrdu
- 棉花Chinese (Simp.)
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